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The only time we ever really make it to Hudson is when there is something we might be attending in Akron or the surrounding area. Downtown 140 has been on my radar for quite awhile, but it's just a little outside the range (much like Thyme in Medina) of distance to solely go for dinner. Since we went to the Kimono as Art exhibition in Canton (which was unreal), we figured it was a perfect opportunity to stop in Hudson on the way home.
Downtown 140 is located in the downstairs of the historic main drag of Hudson. We entered through the stairwell that faces the street. If you're not in the know (like us) you end up walking through the dining room to the "front" the hostess stand. I guess I'm trying to say park and enter behind the buildings and save yourself the hassle. The back is the front.
The dining room is dimly lit. If you're older, like my father-in-law, bring some sort of light so you can read the menu. The decor has a modern bistro feel to it. They did a very nice job with the long narrow space. They could have jammed more tables along the wall, but they didn't. I appreciate that, we midwesterners enjoy our personal space.
The menu is similar in price to what you would find at Parallax. I ordered the Crispy Chicken which rivaled Zach's chicken at Parallax; it was that good. It was a perfectly cooked chicken breast with a crispy outside that was absolutely loaded with flavor. Regina had the Berkshire Pork Chop that was nice and thick with a good char on the outside. Thinking ahead she saved a nice piece of fatty goodness for the last bite.
By the end of dinner we were stuffed. I can't comment on the desserts since there was no room left. From cursory look we had, though, it didn't seem too extraordinary.
The service (which isn't a huge deal for me) was very professional. They were attentive without being up your ass.
I'll be back, no question about it. If you're in the area or you don't mind driving, you've got to go. Make sure you get a reservation as there was no sign of a recession in this dining room.
140 N Main St
Hudson, OH 44236